‘Antipodes’ at the Hirshhorn is One of Jim Sanborn’s Many Text-Inspired Public Works

“Antipodes” 1997 (copper and petrified wood)

WASHINGTON, DC—In 1989, Jim Sanborn created “Kryptos,” a stone-slab water feature with encoded text on the campus of the CIA in Langley, Va. The installation inspired many of his public works in the years since, incorporating type and using shadows and light to further amplify the effect of the laser-cut metal he favors. “Antipodes,” displayed outside the Hirshhorn Museum, features a petrified wood post with “scrolls” extending from either side in English and Cyrillic coded text.

Photos by Arts Observer

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